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Sunday, April 16, 2023

       Diana Staresinic-Deane will present “Researching Your Home and the People Who Lived There,” on Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. at the Rice County Historical Society' Coronado Quivira Museum, 105 West Lyon, Lyons KS. This is a Humanities Kansas presentation. 
       Researching a property, be it an old home, a new business, or a section of pastureland, can do more than tell us the history of a space. It can also build a human connection to the people who came before us and the times in which they lived. This talk, which can be customized to highlight local resources, shares creative ways to study documents and assemble relevant narratives from maps, deeds, newspapers, and often unsought or unknown resources. This is ideal for those new to seeking out family and community stories, and helpful for those stymied by a dead end.  
       “New researchers will feel empowered to take their first researching steps,” said Staresinic-Dean. “Researchers who have been stymied by a dead end might just find the bread crumbs they need to progress.” 
       Diana Staresinic-Deane is the executive director of Franklin County Historical Society and Old Depot Museum in Ottawa. She is passionate about collecting, interpreting, and recording local histories. 
       “Researching Your Home and the People Who Lived There” is part of Humanities Kansas's Speakers Bureau, featuring humanities-based presentations designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.

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Chris Glasgow

Curator at the Oz Museum in Wamego

The Wizard Behind Oz

       If you're from Kansas,you've surely encountered plenty of Wizard of Oz jokes and quips. Where's Dorothy? You're not in Kansas anymore! I'm melting!
       But what you may not knowis the fascinating story behind L. Frank Baum's classic The WonderfulWizard of Oz. This talk explores the unique appeal of this first trulyAmerican fairy tale, and its legacy on our culture from speech, to music, tomedia. This presentation pulls back the curtain on Baum's crowning achievement. 

A Kansas Humanities Program

Join us Thursday January 26, 2023, 7:00 p.m
Lyons Public Library,
201West Main,
Lyons, KS.